How do I know if my baby has an eye infection?
Signs of an eye infection can include:
- red, sore, or puffy eyes.
- swollen eyelids.
- yellow or green pus or discharge.
- a bump or swelling on the inside corner of the eye.
Can baby eye infection go away on its own?
Even newborns can get this very common eye condition. Pink eye — or conjunctivitis, the medical term for it — happens when the lining of the eye (the conjunctiva) gets irritated, infected, or inflamed. It’s usually mild and goes away on its own. In some cases, pink eye can be serious, especially in newborns.
What causes bacterial eye infections in babies?
In a newborn baby:
Serious eye infections may result from exposure to bacteria during passage through the birth canal—which is why all infants are treated with antibiotic eye ointment or drops in the delivery room. Such infections must be treated early to prevent serious complications.
How do you treat bacterial eye infection in babies?
Treatment depends on the type of bacteria that have caused the infection. Treatment often will include antibiotic drops or ointments to the eye, warm compresses to the eye, and correct hygiene when touching the infected eyes.
When should I worry about baby’s eye discharge?
Call the doctor if the baby has a fever and: Your baby cannot open their eyes or you cannot see the eye. The area is tender to touch and the skin around the eye is red. There is a lot of eye discharge.
How do I clean my baby’s gunky eyes?
- Wash your hands.
- Wet a sterile cotton ball with saline solution.
- Gently wipe your baby’s eye from the inside corner to the outside corner. Use a new cotton ball for each wipe.
- Dry the eye using a different cotton ball, wiping from the inside corner out.
- Wash your hands.
How did my baby get conjunctivitis?
Conjunctivitis is usually caused by a virus or bacteria. Your child can become infected if they have contact with a discharge from an infected child’s eyes, nose or throat, from contaminated fingers, surfaces or towels, or from swimming in contaminated water.
Does breastmilk help baby eye infections?
Try placing a drop or two of breast milk directly into the inner portion of your baby’s eyes while they are closed— once they open their eyes, the milk will fall into the eyes and work to clear up any infection. Use this treatment a few times a day for a week or two or until their tear ducts have cleared up.
Can a cold cause eye discharge in baby?
Eyes. Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, is an inflammation of the eye’s protective membrane. It’s often caused by a cold virus but can also be caused by a bacterial infection. Your child’s eye may have a watery or goopy discharge and be crusty in the morning.
What eye drops are safe for babies?
Ketotifen (Zaditor, Alaway, Zyrtec, Claritin eye drops)
It’s safe to use once every day for itchy, watery eyes in kids 3 years old and up.